St. Francis of Assisi Day will be commemorated at St. John the Baptist (Episcopal) Church with the Blessing of Animals at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.
St. Francis was born in Assisi to very wealthy parents and lived a self-indulgent life of pleasure and generosity. After having been a prisoner of war, Francis experienced a conversion. He gave up worldly goods and devoted himself to serving the poor and sick.
Francis is also well known for his concern and care for the birds and animals - and churches throughout the nation remember Francis for this.
The public is invited to gather, with pets of all kinds, on the walk in front of the church, which is located at the corner of West Fourth Street and Lark Street in Dunkirk. In case of inclement weather, the event will take place inside the church.
St. Francis medals for animals' collars will be given to all pets present, as will other animal goodies and gifts, courtesy of Clearwater Aquarium in Jamestown.